WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Winner 2012

Animals in their Environment

Ole Jørgen Liodden, Norway

Living on thin ice

Ole had photographed polar bears more than a hundred times before around the islands of Svalbard, northern Norway, but on this particular summer evening, everything came together to sum up the bear and its ice environment. ‘The landscape, the shape of the ice floe, the shape of the bear and the footprints were just perfect,’ says Ole. Drifting ice is normal for midsummer in the region. But, says Ole, two weeks later, all the ice around Svalbard had melted, much earlier than in previous years. ‘I hope the picture also makes people think about an environment that is disappearing faster than most of us realise and appreciate the scary future most polar bears are facing, with ever-thinner ice or no ice at all.’

Technical specification

Nikon D3S + 14-24mm f2.8 lens; 1/400 sec at f11; ISO 1000.


Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway: latitude 79.7512, longitude 24.1662 Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway: latitude 79.7512, longitude 24.1662

Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway

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